Abduction prompts police chase

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Numerous law enforcement agencies were involved in a pursuit involving the kidnapped of an 8-month-old child that resulted in the arrest of Demarcus Lamont Files, 16, of Faunsdale, Director of Public Safety Jeff Manuel said Wednesday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Demopolis Police Department responded to a call for an assault that had taken place at the Alabama Southern campus. The victim, an 18-year-old female, gave police a vehicle and suspect description, authorities said.

Shortly thereafter officers located the vehicle south of Alabama Tractor heading south on Highway 43. Officers were then informed the victim&8217;s eight-month-old baby was in the vehicle with the suspect.

After police gave chase, the suspect headed east on Marengo County Road 54 toward the Springhill community. Officers continued to pursue, reporting they could see the baby being held by the suspect while driving, and it was not in proper child restraints.

During the course of the chase, the suspect flung numerous objects outside the vehicle&8217;s window, including a child&8217;s safety seat. He attempted to turn onto County Road 59 near Faunsdale, but continued east on County Road 54 until he encountered a police roadblock near the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 and Marengo County Road 54, according to a release issued by Demopolis Police Department.

Manuel said the suspect continued to flee on foot, but was taken into custody. Files was taken to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital after sustaining some injuries. Officers remained present because the victim had also been taken to BWWMH shortly after the call was made.

Manuel said Files was arrested and charged as an adult for kidnapping in the first degree, rape in the first degree and numerous traffic violations. He is being held at the Marengo County Detention Center.